Baveon Johnson might seem calm and softspoken, but he’s anything but that when he’s on the football field.
“You can hit people and it’s not illegal,” Johnson told USA TODAY High School Sports. “When I’m on the field, I just play the game. I don’t go out there and try to showboat, I just play the Baveon Johnson way.”
“The Baveon Johnson way,” is apparently synonymous with “The All-American way,” seeing as the nation’s No. 1 center earned a spot in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2 on ESPN2. Johnson received his jersey Tuesday morning as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
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“It feels amazing. It’s an absolute blessing,” Johnson said. “It’s great competition and I wanted to practice against and play with the best players in the nation.”
The 6-3, 310-pounder from Lake Gibson (Lakeland, Fla.) said he’s especially looking forward to testing his abilities against Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle and player overall in the Class of 2016.
“Being an All-American just means my hard word paid off,” said Johnson, a Florida State commit, who compares himself to the likes of Maurkice and Mike Pouncey.
The Pouncey twins are both offensive linemen in the NFL and are also Lakeland, Fla., natives. Johnson said their physicality and quickness on the line is where he draws his comparison.
If Johnson’s college career is anything like that of the Pouncey’s, then Florida State is in for quite a treat starting next fall.